Capstone Project Title
Research has shown that as early as the 1960s, zoos have begun to shift their primary focus from a recreational standpoint to one that is deeply rooted in education, conservation and environmental awareness. Education programming has become an avenue for zoo visitors to gain reliable information about animals, develop awareness about critical species, and understand the human impact on the environment and how our actions can effect change. The curriculum designed for this project enables zoo educators to present a meaningful educational experience in a zoo setting. Each program focuses on a different animal species, allowing for diversity within the program guide. Additionally, all programs contain post-zoo experiences, or activities which may be facilitated after the on-grounds program. These post-zoo experiences provide individuals with the opportunity to continue their learning experience and develop the much needed connection between wildlife, conservation and the environment. The ultimate goal of this project is to help children become more environmentally aware and passionate about wildlife, as well as understand and appreciate their place in the natural world.
Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Science
Budnick, Allison, "How Can Zoo Educators Help Individuals in a Community Develop a Deeper Connection to Wildlife, Conservation and the Environment Through Specific Education Programming?" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 408.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects